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Stars of the Week Week of April 9, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Samu Lonkila - Minot Minotauros

Samu Lonkila

The Minot Minotauros were in the rare situation of having to face their first round playoff opponent, the Aberdeen Wings, in the final regular season weekend of the year. The return of goaltender Samu Lonkila, 20, was a welcome sight for the team as the native of Kuopio, Finland had been out since late February with an illness. Lonkila (6’0/176) was stellar in his return, allowing just three goals in a weekend split with the Wings, stopping 65 of 68 shots in the process. On Friday, Lonkila made 38 saves in a close 2-1 loss and on Saturday, he made 27 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. Lonkila, who played in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, finished the regular season with a 13-13-4 record and a 2.46 goals against average and 91.8% save percentage. “It was great to have Samu back in the line up this weekend after being out for a significant length of time due to an illness. He picked up right where he left off and gave us a chance to win hockey games. He plays with confidence and our guys feed off that,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Lincoln Erne, D, Minot Minotauros – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Patrick O’Connor, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Louis Boudon - Northeast Generals

Louis Boudon

Northeast Generals forward and Lake Superior State commit Louis Boudon, 19, helped his club to a series split with the New Jersey Titans this weekend. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France, had three points and was a +2 in the pair of games. On Friday, Boudon had an assist in a close 4-3 loss and on Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 2-1 win. For the 2017-18 regular season, Boudon was 3rd in scoring for the playoff-bound Generals with 49 points, including a team-leading 32 assists, in 51 games played. “Louis has been a standout for us all year.  It’s great that he is playing his best hockey just as the playoffs are about to start, as he will be a key factor in our success,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Noah Finstrom, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Frye, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Marko Sturma, G, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Max Brainin - Springfield Jr. Blues

Max Brainin

Winners of their last eight straight, one of the hottest teams entering the 2018 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs is the Springfield Jr. Blues. That hot play continued this past weekend as the Jr. Blues picked up a weekend road sweep of the Coulee Region Chill. Forward Max Brainin, 19, had three points in the two wins for the Jr. Blues and was also a +3. On Friday, the 6’0/190 lbs. native of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, had a goal in a 4-3 win over the Chill, and then on Saturday he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 win. For the season, Brainin finished 3rd in team scoring with 40 points in 57 regular season games. “Max has really elevated his game the last few weeks. He is committed to the team game and with that he has had a ton of individual success. We will be counting on him to continue his strong play in the playoffs,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Renette.

2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kip Hoffman, F, Janesville Jets – Andrew McGlynn, F, Coulee Region Chill – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Mitchell Gibson - Lone Star Brahmas

Mitchell Gibson

It was a record-breaking week for Lone Star Brahmas goalie and Harvard recruit Mitchell Gibson. The 18-year-old goaltender from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, won both of his starts during the week as he allowed just single goal on 48 shots in wins over Topeka on Monday and Corpus Christi on Saturday. In Monday’s 4-1 win over Topeka, Gibson (6’1/186) made 23 saves. On Saturday, Gibson stopped all 24 shots that came his way as the Brahmas picked up a 1-0 overtime win in their regular season finale against the IceRays. The shutout for Gibson was his 11th of the season, which equaled the NAHL record, which was set just last season by Mareks Mitens of the Philadelphia Rebels. Gibson finished the regular season leading in the NAHL in goals against average (1.59), save percentage (93.5%), and shutouts (11). He was also 2nd in wins with 26. “I think what Mitchell has done this season is very impressive because there have been so many good goalies that have been developed in the NAHL over the course of the last 42 years. To make history like that and post 11 shutouts in a season is something that is a testament to what he brings to the table every game. I think he not only has a bright future ahead of him in the NCAA, but the NHL as well,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Bottrell, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Marcus Chorney, D, Amarillo Bulls – Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jared Domin, F, Amarillo Bulls – Dylan Johnson, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Bud Winter, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of April 2, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nic Sicoly - Aberdeen Wings

Nic Sicoly

Aberdeen Wings forward Nic Sicoly, 20, helped his team to a weekend road sweep in Bismarck against the Bobcats. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Sicoly had two goals and an assist in a 7-6 win, and on Saturday, he recorded two assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Sicoly is 5th in team scoring with 41 points in 44 games played this season. “Nic's attention to detail, his work ethic, and his leadership allows him to be a difference maker every single game. Nic has a tremendous heart and it shows in his game,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Parker Revering, D, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Ryan Green, F, Minot Minotauros - Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Jacob Marti, F, Bismarck Bobcats - Sam Molinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Isaac Moberg, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jake Sibell, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings.

 

East Star of the Week: Brandon Stanley - Philadelphia Rebels

Brandon Stanley

In three games this past weekend, Philadelphia Rebels forward Brandon Stanley, 20, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in a series against the Northeast Generals. On Thursday, the 6’1/200 lbs. native of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, assisted in all three Rebels goals in a 5-3 loss. On Friday, Stanley had a goal in a 6-2 win, and on Saturday he had a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss against the Generals. For the season, Stanley is 5th in team scoring with 31 points in 50 games played.

2nd Star: Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adrian Danchanko, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Demelis, F, Northeast Generals – Colin McCabe, D, Northeast Generals – Ryan Patrick, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Filip Karlsson - Kenai River Brown Bears

Filip Karlsson

It was a big weekend for the Kenai River Brown Bears as they took five of a possible six points in a three-game road series in Fairbanks. Brown Bears forward Filip Karlsson, 19, was a one-man scoring machine as he went off for six goals in the three games, which included scoring at least a goal in all three games. On Thursday, the 6’0/190 lbs. native of Mjobley, Sweden, had a goal in a 4-3 overtime win. The next night, Karlsson recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Karlsson potted two more goals in a 4-3 shootout loss. In 30 games with the Brown Bears this season, Karlsson has recorded 25 points. “Filip has been very good for us since arriving in late December.  We really focused on going to the paint as a team and getting hard working goals down the stretch and Filip embraced that greatly.  He was rewarded greatly this past weekend for his efforts.  We are excited for him and the team to end the season in a great way and can't wait to see what next season brings for him and the team," said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Evan Fear, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Bowman, F, Coulee Region Chill - Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears - Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians – Hunter Wendt, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Brendon Michaelian - Amarillo Bulls

Brendon Michaelian

Amarillo Bulls defenseman and Robert Morris recruit Brendon Michaelian, 20, helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners. The 5’11/184 lbs. native of Wixom, Michigan, had three points and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Michaelian had an assist in a 5-1 win, and on Saturday, Michaelian scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 6-1 win. For the season, Michaelian is currently the Bulls leading scorer with 34 points in 57 games played. “Brendon has been a tremendous leader for us on and off the ice all season. His work ethic, compete level and maturity have been the main reason for his success. I have no doubt he will be a tremendous addition to Robert Morris University’s program,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Jaxon Castor, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Grayson Gavin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Peterson, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 26, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ondrej Trejbal - Minnesota Wilderness

Ondrej Trejbal

Thanks to taking three of four points on the road in their series against the Brookings Blizzard, the Minnesota Wilderness clinched a playoff spot in the Central Division this past weekend. Wilderness and Top Prospects defenseman Ondrej Trejbal, 18, had a productive weekend as the 6’4/190 lbs. native of Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, was a factor in each of the two games. On Friday, Trejbal had two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss and on Saturday, he scored a goal in a 6-3 win. He was also a +3 during the weekend. For the season, Trejbal has had a great rookie campaign in the NAHL, recording 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) in 49 games played. “Ondrej is an important part of our hockey team. His intelligence, skill level, and 6'4" frame allows him to be one of the top defenseman in the league,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: David Tomeo - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

David Tomeo

Knights goalie David Tomeo, 19, had a huge weekend, leading the Knights to two wins in his two stars and in the process stopped 70 of 73 shots during the weekend. In his first start of the weekend on Saturday, the 6’1/175 lbs. native of West Caldwell, New Jersey, stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 2-1 overtime win against the Northeast Generals. On Sunday, Tomeo got the star again and didn’t disappoint as he made another 35 saves, this time in a 4-2 win against the Generals. It was a shot in the arm for the Knights and Tomeo as he hadn’t won a game since February 9th. “David showed everyone his talent this weekend. When he's playing his best hockey he's one of the best goalies in the league. We're looking for consistency heading into the playoffs and he provided that for us this weekend. He stepped up and helped the team win both games he started against a division rival, keeping us in the race for the number two seed in our division. We need that kind of performance if we're going to make the run we're capable of in the playoffs,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Joe Kile, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Curtis Carlson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Roman Kraemer, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Colin McCabe, D, Northeast Generals – Wade Novak, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Tanner Polglaze - Janesville Jets

Tanner Polglaze

The Janesville Jets rolled to a weekend sweep of the Coulee Region Chill this past weekend, securing the #2 seed in the Midwest Division. Forward Tanner Polglaze was a productive factor all weekend as the 21-year-old Michigan Tech recruit recorded 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +3 in the wins. On Friday, the 5’11/175 lbs. native of Beloit, Wisconsin, had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win and on Saturday, Polglaze had another goal and assist in a 7-2 win. For the season, Polglaze is 3rd in team scoring with 40 points in 55 games played.  “Tanner has been the heart and soul of this team and it shows by his play. He plays every shift likes it's his last and his point production is rewarding him. This weekend was no different and the goals he got were all hard working goals,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Kevin Lake, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sacha Guillemain, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Grant Ledford, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Blake Bride - Odessa Jackalopes

Blake Bride

Odessa Jackalopes forward Blake Bride, 19, helped his club pick up two wins in three home games this past weekend against the Topeka RoadRunners to stay firmly in the 3rd playoff spot in the South Division. The 5’11/166 lbs. native of Broomfield, Colorado totaled six points on the weekend, which included scoring at least in goal in all three games. On Thursday, Bride had two of Odessa’s three goals in a close 4-3 loss. On Friday, he scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he chimed in with another goal in a 5-2 win. For the season, Bride is 2nd overall in team scoring with 48 points in 51 NAHL games played so far this year. “Blake is the hardest worker on our team and gets rewarded for it. He plays the game the right way and does all the little things right,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Rylee St. Onge, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Bottrell, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Matt Brown, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jon Russell, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 19, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Gino Lucia - Minnesota Wilderness

Gino Lucia

The Minnesota Wilderness moved to the brink of securing a playoff spot in the Central Division thanks to a big weekend road sweep in Bismarck against the Bobcats. 19-year-old forward Gino Lucia had a big weekend as the 5’11/180 lbs. native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, totaled four points in the two wins. On Friday, Lucia had his team’s second goal of the game in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he was even better as he scored another goal and added two assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, Lucia is 2nd in team scoring for the Wilderness with 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 51 games played. “Gino was a big part of our success last weekend. We expect him to continue to elevate his game at this important time of the season,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings - Adam Brizgala, G, Brookings Blizzard – Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Devon Fields, D, Austin Bruins – Isaac Moberg, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Michael Talbot, F, Minot Minotauros – Mitch Walinski, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Tate Singleton - New Jersey Titans

Tate Singleton

A big weekend for New Jersey Titans forward and Army recruit Tate Singleton, 19, no only earned him star of the week honors, but it also secured a playoff spot in the East Division for his club. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, had eight points in two games over the weekend. On Saturday, Singleton had a hat-trick and an assist in a close 7-6 loss against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. On Sunday, Singleton had two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Rebels. For the season, Singleton is now tied for the team scoring lead with 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) in in 51 games played. “Tate has worked hard all year to develop his overall game.  This weekend, he set the tone for our team offensively especially on the power play.  His overall hard work and tenacity created opportunities all weekend long.  Tate, along with his line mates, had a great weekend and we look forward to their continued strong play throughout the rest of rest of the regular season and playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Matt Kidney, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Patrick Harrington, D, Northeast Generals – Jack Leavy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Carson Moniz, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Auggie Moore, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Jack Olmstead, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Orysiuk - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Luke Orysiuk

Thanks to a three-game weekend home sweep of the Janesville Jets, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs captured the Midwest Division regular season title. Defenseman and Bentley recruit Luke Orysiuk, 20, was a major factor in all three games as he made himself a factor on the offensive and defensive sides of the puck. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Edmonton, Alberta had five points on the weekend and recorded at least a point in all three wins. On Thursday, Orysiuk had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 7-3 win. On Friday, he scored another game-winning goal, this time in overtime, in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, Orysiuk assisted on the overtime-winning goal in a 3-2 win. Orysiuk, who was also a +7 in the three wins, has recorded 33 points in 55 games to date this season. “Luke has really stepped up his offensive play as of late. His team relies on him for his leadership skills. It was great to see him factor in on some big goals this past weekend,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Calvin Dybicz, D, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Brendan Miller - Corpus Christi IceRays

Brendan Miller

Air Force Academy recruit and Corpus Christi IceRays forward Brendan Miller, 21, helped his team close in on a playoff spot this past weekend with a home split with the Amarillo Bulls. The 6’1/183 lbs. native of Buffalo, New York, had five points in the two games, which included extending his current point steak to four straight games. On Friday, Miller had two goals and an assist in a 6-3 loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Miller is 3rd in team scoring with 38 points in 50 games played. “As an organization and a team we are very happy for Brendan. There is a reason he wears the 'C' for our club, because he is a high character big time team guy. He knew the importance of this weekend and did what all leaders do, lead by example through hard work and a team first mentality and his efforts were rewarded and recognized by the league,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Austin Bottrell, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Burnett, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Grayson Gavin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Cole Quisenberry, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jakub Sirota, D, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 12, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Matt Vernon - Aberdeen Wings

Matt Vernon

A new week, a different goalie has shined for the Aberdeen Wings, who are rolling right now. This past week, it was 19-year-old Matt Vernon, who helped the Wings to another weekend sweep and push their winning streak to five straight games. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Calgary, Alberta, got the start in both wins over the Bismarck Bobcats this past weekend. On Friday, Vernon made 22 saves in a 4-1 road win in Bismarck, and then on Saturday, he allowed just a single goal on 20 shots in another 4-1 win at home against the Bobcats. For the 2017-18 season, Vernon has a 14-4-1 in 19 games played with a 2.17 goals against average and a 90.4% save percentage. “Matt has been an important part of our team on and off the ice since his arrival earlier this season. His ability to elevate his play in the most important games is a trait of an elite goalie that can move on to NCAA and Pro hockey in the future,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bellant, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Josh Boyer, F, Brookings Blizzard – Devon Fields, D, Austin Bruins – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Grant Loven, F, Minot Minotauros – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Ryan Keane - Philadelphia Rebels

Ryan Keane

It had been over a month since Rebels goalie Ryan Keane, 19, had seen action, so his perfect return this past weekend was just what he and the Rebels needed as they continued to win and close in on the East Division regular season title. The 5’9/160 lbs. native of Coppell, Texas, was perfect in a two-game sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. On Friday, Keane stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, at the Wells Fargo Center, Keane had to make just 14 saves in another 3-0 shutout, his third shutout of the season. For the season, Keane has posted a 20-5-2 record with a 1.74 goals against average and a 93.0% save percentage. “Ryan had not played in last six games and for him to play the way he did was fantastic. He made some big stops against Grade A opportunities early in the game on Friday night when we really needed it,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joe Kile, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jensen Zerban, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jakov Novak - Janesville Jets

Jakov Novak

It was another momentous-filled weekend for the NAHL’s leading scorer, Jakov Novak. The Bentley University recruit and Top Prospects forward had another big weekend as he helped the Jets to a weekend road sweep in Kenai River against the Brown Bears. The 19-year-old native of Riverside, Ontario, recorded five points (4 goals, 1 assists) and was +2 in the sweep, which saw set a new single-season scoring record in Janesville Jets history. Novak (6’3/201) had two goals and an assist in a Friday’s 6-2 win, and on Saturday he had two more goals in a 5-1 win. For the season, Novak leads in the NAHL in points with 65 points and 31 goals. “Jakov lead again by example on the ice and let his play dictate his success he had. He has been competing hard and been getting rewarded by playing the right way.  When he plays well other players on our team feed off his play and it's been part of our success this season,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Kyle Mayhew, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Chilton, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Daniel Lebedeff, G, Janesville Jets – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Patrick Smyth, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Jared Domin - Amarillo Bulls

Jared Domin

As the Amarillo Bulls battled for their playoff lives this past weekend, forward Jared Domin answered the call to help his team pick up three valuable points. The 21-year-old native of Novi, Michigan, had five points in the three games, which included a goal and four assists, to go along with a +4 rating. On Friday, Domin (6’0/185) had two assists in a 3-2 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays. On Saturday, Domin scored Amarillo’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss against the IceRays. On Sunday, Domin assisted on two of the Bulls’ three goals in a close 4-3 overtime loss in Odessa. For the season, the Top Prospects forward has recorded 23 points in 36 games played, which includes 17 points in 21 games with the Bulls. “Jared has been a great addition to our program since he joined us. He is a very skilled forward that plays a physical North/South game. I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous addition to whichever NCAA program that he commits to,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Ryan Burnett, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jordan Fader, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Steven Ipri, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Aidan Spellacy, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Conor Yawney, D, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 5, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Gabe Vinal - Aberdeen Wings

Gabe Vinal

It was literally a perfect weekend for the Aberdeen Wings and goaltender Gabe Vinal. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of East Syracuse, New York, posted back-to-back shutouts of the Austin Bruins to help Aberdeen increase their Central Division lead to six points. On Friday, Vinal, 19, stopped all 20 shots that came his way in a 3-0 shutout. On Saturday, he faced even more shots and stopped all 29 of them that came his way in another 3-0 win. Earlier in the week, Vinal played for the East Division team at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament where he gave up only one goal in two appearances. In 26 games played this season, Vinal has a 16-8-1 record with a 2.15 goals against average and 91.8% save percentage. “Gabe has been a great addition since we acquired him. He is very athletic and highly competitive goaltender that rises to big game challenges. His weekend goes hand in hand with his ability to practice and prepare the right way,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Connor Koviak, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Adam Brizgala, G, Brookings Blizzard – Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – CJ Regula, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Mitch Walinski, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jack Olmstead - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Jack Olmstead

In three games this past week against the Northeast Generals, Knights forward Jack Olmstead, 20, helped his team pick up two wins and recorded four points in the process. On Saturday, the University of Michigan recruit had an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. On Sunday, the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Troy, Michigan, had another assist in a 5-2 loss. In Monday morning’s rescheduled game from Friday, Olmstead had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Olmstead leads the Knights in scoring with 44 points in 47 games played. “Jack played big a major role in the Knights success this weekend. The team has had trouble scoring lately and Jack got us going in game one of a three-game weekend. He kept it up in game two and then helped us finish strong with a goal and highlight-worthy assist in the final game. We've been able to rely on him all year when we need a big goal and he continues to be one of our leaders offensively. We hope Jack's and our team's performance over the last couple of days is an indicator of things to come down the home stretch,” said Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Cam Gaudette, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Mike Gelatt, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans – Carson Moniz, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Adam Peck, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Charlie Weiand - Minnesota Magicians

Charlie Weiand

Minnesota Magicians defenseman Charlie Weiand, 20, helped his club pick up 3 of 4 points over the weekend in a series with the Coulee Region Chill. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Rosemount, Minnesota, scored a goal in Friday’s 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, he added another goal from the blueline in a 3-2 overtime win. Earlier in the week, Weiand played for the Midwest Division team at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament where he was a +3 in two games. For the season, Weiand has 19 points in 46 games played. “Charlie has been a steady piece of our defensive group all season and has been doing the little things right as of late and he's been getting rewarded for it. He’s been a great leader both in the locker room and on the ice,” said Magicians assistant coach Nick Klaren.

2nd Star: Gavin Holland, F, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Neaton, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Colin Price, F, Coulee Region Chill – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Ture Linden - Lone Star Brahmas

Ture Linden

RPI recruit and Lone Star Brahmas forward Ture Linden, 20, had a big week as he helped his club to three wins in three games. The 6’0/181 lbs. native of Great Falls, Virginia, had six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and was a +3 in the three wins. On Friday, Linden had two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-1 win over the visiting Kenai River Brown Bears. On Saturday, Linden had a goal and two assists in a 5-0 win. On Sunday, he scored another game-winning goal in a 2-0 shutout win over division-leading Shreveport. For the season, Linden has 37 points in 40 games played, which ranks tied for 2nd on the team. “Ture has been playing really well for us. He has challenged himself to prepare for the next level of playing NCAA Division I hockey and has done the necessary things on and off the ice to become a better and more well-rounded player,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Ricky Carballo, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Roberts Baranovskis, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Derek Contessa, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brett Epp, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 26, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Mads Sogaard - Austin Bruins

Mads Sogaard

The Austin Bruins pulled to within two points of 1st place in the Central Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. In goal for the Bruins was rookie netminder Mats Sogaard. The 17-year-old native of Aalborg, Denmark, allowed just one goal in the two wins, stopping 55 of 56 possible shots. On Friday, Sogaard (6’6/212) made 26 saves in the 2-1 win and on Saturday, he posted his first shutout of the season as he stopped all 29 shots that came his way in a 2-0 shutout win. For the season, Sogaard has a 11-4-1 record with a 2.71 goals against average and a 90.9% save percentage. “We are very proud of Mads. He made some big saves over the weekend to get us two wins. He's a very young goalie, but he's been playing like a solid veteran all season. We are looking forward to seeing Mads continue to develop with Coach Al Rooney's guidance,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Xander Lamppa, F, Austin Bruins – Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros – Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Keenan Lund, F, Minot Minotauros – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jack Leavy - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jack Leavy

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, the Johnstown Tomahawks stayed in the playoff race in the East Division. Backstopping the team to both wins was 20-year-old netminder Jack Leavy. The 6’5/205 lbs. native of Birmingham, Michigan, stopped 67 of a possible 70 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Leavy made 32 saves in a 4-1 win, and on Saturday, he made 35 saves in a 3-2 win. While with the Tomahawks, Leavy has posted a 5-7-2 record with a 2.94 goals against average and a 91.4% save percentage. “It was a great weekend for our guys to bounce back with a sweep. Jack was outstanding both nights and led the way. He controlled the game for us and came up with some big time saves. I couldn’t be happier to see him play so well and lead our team to two very important wins,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Ryan Patrick, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jimmy Glynn, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Ben Schmidling, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Emil Zetterquist - Coulee Region Chill

Emil Zetterquist

Coulee Region Chill goalie and St. Lawrence University recruit Emil Zetterquist, 19, had a big weekend to help his team to a home-and-home split against the high-powered Janesville Jets. The 6’1/182 lbs. native of Stockholm, Sweden, faced 85 shots in the two games and allowed just two goals, making 83 saves in the process. On Friday, Zetterquist made 40 saves in a close 2-1 loss at Janesville. On Saturday, Zetterquist stopped all 43 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season as the Chill beat the Jets 1-0 in overtime. For the season, Zetterquist has a 12-14-6 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a 92.7% save percentage. “Emil had another fantastic weekend this past weekend. It is great to see him get recognized for his efforts. He is an elite goaltender that has a very bright future ahead of him,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Josh Benson, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Filip Karlsson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Connor Scahill, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Quinn Warmuth, D, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Jason Grande - Amarillo Bulls

Jason Grande

Amarillo Bulls goalie Jason Grande helped his club to a weekend road split with the Corpus Christi IceRays as the Bulls try and chase down a playoff spot in the South Division. The 19-year-old native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, only gave up two goals on the weekend, stopping 54 of 56 shots. On Friday, Grande (6’2/185) stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his fifth shutout of the season as the Bulls blanked the IceRays, 4-0. On Saturday, he made 30 saves in a 4-2 loss. For the season, Grande has a 15-16-5 record with a 2.78 goals against average and a 91.2% save percentage. “Jason has been our most consistent player for the entire season. His poise in the net gives us an opportunity to win every night. I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous player at the NCAA level and beyond,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Mitchell Gibson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Peterson, F, Amarillo Bulls – Cole Quisenberry, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jakub Sirota, D, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 20, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Simon Morberg - Bismarck Bobcats

Simon Morberg

The Bismarck Bobcats brought home wins in two of three games this past weekend against Minot and kept themselves in solid playoff position. Forward Simon Morberg, 21, had a big weekend for his club as the 6’3/190 lbs. native of Gothenburg, Sweden, recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) during the weekend. On Friday, Morberg had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 3-1 win, and on Sunday, he recorded a goal in a 4-3 loss at Minot. Since joining the Bobcats in mid January, Morberg has eight points in 11 games played. “Simon has been a great addition to our team. He has added some scoring touch for us and his size and speed along with his compete level is a big reason for his success,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Rykr Cole, F, Minot Minotauros - Grant Loven, F, Minot Minotauros - Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness - Alex Mella, F, Austin Bruins – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats - Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Spencer, D, Minnesota Wilderness - Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Nick Boyagian - New Jersey Titans

Nick Boyagian

Last week, New Jersey forward and Sacred Heart recruit Nick Boyagian shook of a tough game against the Philadelphia Rebels on Valentine’s Day and responded with two very good games over the weekend in a sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of East Greenbush, New York, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins, along with a +3 rating. Boyagian had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-1 win and then scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win. For the season, Boyagian leads the Titans in scoring with 34 points in 36 games played. “Nick continues to lead our team offensively.  His ability to hunt and track pucks has to been critical for our team.  Nick has risen to the occasion for most of the season when we need someone to step up offensively.  This past weekend he sparked us both nights and we look forward to him being a big part of our lineup as we head towards the stretch run of the regular season and into the playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Nico Appendino, D, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Stanley, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Bowman - Coulee Region Chill

Nick Bowman

Coulee Region Chill and NAHL Top Prospects forward Nick Bowman, 20, had a good week of games as he recorded six points, including five goals, in three outings. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of Shelby Township, Michigan, started his week with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Magicians on Thursday. He followed that up with a hat-trick in a 4-3 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues on Friday. Bowman and the Chill were shutout on Saturday, but Bowman still leads the Chill in scoring this season with 39 points in 40 games, and 21 goals ranks 8th in the NAHL. “Nick is continuing to prove that he is an elite player at this level. It's great to see him get some recognition for his efforts.  He is playing his best hockey heading into the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament next week,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Kevin Lake, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Chilton, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs Sacha Guillemain, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Koch, D, Coulee Region Chill - Jurja Ovecka, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Chad Veltri - Corpus Christi IceRays

Chad Veltri

It was a big weekend for Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Chad Veltri. The Niagara recruit backstopped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners, allowing just one goal in two games in the process. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, stopped 49 of 50 shots in the two wins. On Friday. Veltri posted his second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 win, and on Saturday, he allowed just a single goal late in the 3rd period on his way to a 2-1 win in overtime. The goal snapped a scoreless streak of 178 minutes and 20 seconds over the course of his last three games. “We are happy for Chad winning this weekly honor for a second time. It was his first back-to-back and he played well. He played big and kept the puck in front of him all weekend,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Jaxon Castor, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Steven Ipri, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Austin O’Rourke, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 12, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jake Sibell - Minnesota Wilderness

Jake Sibell

Minnesota Wilderness goalie Jake Sibell, 18, has been on fire since joining the Wilderness in January. The native of Isanti, Minnesota, proved that again this weekend as the Wilderness went toe-to-toe with the visiting Janesville Jets. On Friday, Sibell (6’0/190) made 26 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over the Jets. During the shootout, he stopped all four Jets shooters to secure the extra point. On Saturday, Sibell didn’t start, but came into the game after the Wilderness had done down 3-1 and stopped 14 of 15 shots the rest of the way as the Wilderness fell in a shootout, 5-4. For the weekend, Sibell stopped 40 of 42 shots. “Jake did his job this past weekend in giving our team a chance to win each night. His work ethic and passion are contagious and we couldn't be happier to have him,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Joe Mancuso, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Alex Mella, F, Austin Bruins – Ondrej Pavel, F, Minot Minotauros – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Matt Cameron - New Jersey Titans

Matt Cameron

New Jersey Titans forward and RPI recruit Matt Cameron, 17, had a huge week as the Titans nabbed four points in three games this past week. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, recorded seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and was a +6 in the three outings this past week. On Wednesday, Cameron had a goal in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Philadelphia Rebels. On Saturday, he struck for four goals in a 7-3 win over the Northeast Generals. On Sunday, he had a pair of assists in a 7-6 overtime loss against the Generals. “Matt has really come on as the season has progressed.  Matt's ability to make lethal plays around the net is critical for our team.  He has really worked hard this year on improving his overall game.  We are happy that due to his persistence and ability to stick with the process he is now being rewarded for all his work.  We look forward to having Matt continue to grow and develop and help led us into the playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Matt Demelis, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mike Egan, F, Northeast Generals – Aaron Maguyon, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Luke Radetic, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Fabio Hollenstein - Springfield Jr. Blues

Fabio Hollenstein

The Springfield Jr. Blues gave a big boost to their playoff chances as they picked up a weekend home sweep of the visiting Coulee Region Chill. Leading the way was veteran forward Fabio Hollenstein. The 21-year-old native of Fraunfeld, Switzerland, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Hollenstein (6’3/205) had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win and on Saturday, he exploded for a goal and four assists in a 6-3 win. In 43 games played so far this season, Hollenstein has 27 points. “Fabio has really elevated his game the past few weeks. He is very reliable away from the puck and has shown a scoring touch off late. We are going to need him down the stretch to continue his strong play,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Josh Benson, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Filip Karlsson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kevin Lake, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Roberts Baranovskis - Shreveport Mudbugs

Roberts Baranovskis

The 1st place Shreveport Mudbugs rolled along this weekend with a road sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. Forward Roberts Baranovskis, 20, led the way for the Mudbugs with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) during the two wins. On Friday, the 5’11/185 lbs. native of Jelgava, Latvia, had a goal and an assist with a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in an 8-0 shutout win. For the season, Baranovskis has 19 points in 39 games played. “Roberts has great skill and he works hard at his craft. This is his first year playing in North America and sometimes it takes time to figure out what works and what doesn't. We are proud of his development and strides he is taken. We believe he is one of our key players down the stretch,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Chad Veltri, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dominick Procopio, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 5, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Alex Schilling - Austin Bruins

Alex Schilling

The Austin Bruins managed to stay right on the heels of the 1st place Aberdeen Wings by taking three of four points in their road series in Aberdeen this past weekend. 20-year-old netminder Alex Schilling was in goal for both games and the Air Force recruit stopped 66 of a possible 69 shots in the series. On Friday, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of Medina, Minnesota, made 33 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, Schilling came up with another 33-save performance in a close 2-1 overtimes loss. To date, Schilling has a 14-9-4 record with a 2.26 goals against average and 92.2% save percentage. “Alex played very well this weekend. He made some timely saves to keep us in both games. Aberdeen did a good job of outshooting us and generated some good Grade A chances, which made Schilling earn this reward for the week. Alex likes the pressure and he has managed to stay composed all year,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Jake Rosenbaum, D, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros – Joe Mancuso, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Gabe Vinal, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Ryan Naumovski - New Jersey Titans

Ryan Naumovski

In a home-and-home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, the New Jersey Titans got a great weekend out of 18-year-old forward Ryan Naumovski. The 6’0/150 lbs. native of Shelby Township, Michigan, had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins, which also included scoring the game-winning goal in both games. Naumovski is tied for 2nd on the team in scoring so far this season with 26 points in 31 games played. “Ryan’s game has come a long way this year.  He has developed into a 200-foot center with high-end offensive ability.  Ryan has worked extremely hard on and off the ice to raise his game and become in my opinion one of the top uncommitted prospects in our league.  In addition to being good in the faceoff circle, Ryan has the ability to create plays for him and his line mates.  He is extremely cerebral in his approach on the ice and has quickly become a force for our team day in and day out.  We look forward to Ryan continuing to grow and mature as we approach the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Demelis, F, Northeast Generals – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Aaron Maguyon, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Ryan Patrick, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Carter Ekberg - Janesville Jets

Carter Ekberg

Janesville Jets defenseman Carter Ekberg, 20, had a big weekend to help his team pick up two more wins with victories over Kenai River and Coulee Region. On Friday, the 6’1/180 lbs. native of McMurray, Pennsylvania, had a pair of assists in a 6-2 win over the Brown Bears. The next night, the NAPHL grad had two more assists in a 3-1 win over the Chill. For the season, Ekberg leads all Jets defensemen in scoring with 18 points in 29 games played. “Carter has been playing some of his best hockey since Christmas and had a great weekend for us. He's been a leader for our young defense and he's been doing it by leading by example on and off the ice,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Marshal Plunkett, D, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Emils Ezitis, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Filip Karlsson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Dylan Raut, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Tanner Schachle, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Schultze, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Steven Ipri - Lone Star Brahmas

Steven Ipri

Since his arrival with the Lone Star Brahmas, forward Steve Ipri, 19, has been on fire, which included a big weekend this past week as the Brahmas picked up a sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, the Mercyhurst recruit had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he added two goals and an assist in an 8-1 win. For the season, Ipri has 29 points in 33 NAHL regular season games. “Steven is playing some really good hockey. He is playing the right way every shift and playing at both ends of the ice. He has really fit in nicely with our team and will be an important part of the stretch run,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Jakob Sirota, D, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 29, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jonathan Bendorf - Aberdeen Wings

Jonathan Bendorf

Now 9-0-2 in their last 11 games, it was another successful week for the 1st place Aberdeen Wings, who brought home five of a possible six points in three games this past week. 18-year-old forward and RPI recruit Jonathan Bendorf (6’0/180) had a huge week as the native of Yardville, New Jersey, struck for seven points in the three games, which included 2 goals and 5 assists. On Wednesday, Bendorf had two assists in a 3-2 home win over Brookings. On Friday, Bendorf had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 road win against the Minnesota Wilderness, and then on Saturday, he added another goal and assist in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Wilderness. In 35 total NAHL games this season, Bendorf has recorded 30 points. “Jonathan steadily contributes more and more every day since joined the Wings. He has the ability to make plays under pressure and makes the players around him better. His week was exceptional and one of the best I have seen from a Wings player this season,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Mitch Walinski, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros - Ed Lindelow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros - Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats - Jake Sibell, G, Minnesota Wilderness - Mads Sogaard, G, Austin Bruins - Gabe Vinal, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Kade Phipps - Johnstown Tomahawks

Kade Phipps

Thanks to a weekend sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, the Johnstown Tomahawks are officially in the playoff hunt. Leading the way this past weekend was goaltender Kade Phipps. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Perrysburg, Ohio, was a brick wall this past weekend as the 19-year-old stopped 61 of a possible 63 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Phipps made 30 saves in a 2-1 win, and then on Saturday he made 31 saves in a 2-1 overtime win, which completed the sweep for the Tomahawks. In 13 games played with the Tomahawks so far this season, Phipps has an 8-5-0 record with a 2.15 goals against average and a 92.7% save percentage. “Kade was a big part of our weekend sweep on the road against a really good Knights team. Both scores were 2-1 and in each night the only goal he allowed came with the Knights having a man advantage. Besides the two goals, he was perfect in net for us. He has continued to provide us with solid, consistent goaltending and we will look to him to be a major contributor of more success for our team moving forward,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Adam Peck, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Eric Olson, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Daniel Lebedeff - Janesville Jets

Daniel Lebedeff

Janesville Jets goalie and University of Wisconsin recruit Daniel Lebedeff, 18, allowed just a single goal in two games this weekend as the Jets picked up three of a possible four points. The 6’2/188 lbs. native of Helsinki, Finland, stopped 58 of a possible 59 shots in the two games. On Friday, Lebedeff and the Jets took on the 1st place Fairbanks Ice Dogs, where he made 30 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss. On Saturday, he posted his second shutout of the season as he stopped all 28 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. For the season, the former NAPHL’er has played in 20 gams and posted a 11-6-3 record with a 2.33 goals against average and a 92.5% save percentage. “Daniel was very focused and was solid this weekend. He gave us a chance to win on Friday, but we came up short in the shootout. He came back on Saturday and continued his strong play with a shutout. Both nights he controlled his rebounds and played big in the net. He’s been stellar in goal the past month,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Kyler Grundy, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Benson, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians - Jackson Decker, D, Coulee Region Chill - Alex Klekotka, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears - Logan Neaton, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Garrett Hallford - Corpus Christi IceRays

Garrett Hallford

Corpus Christi IceRays forward Garrett Hallford, 20, helped his club maintain a solid playoff position in the South Division thanks to a weekend split of their series in Odessa this past weekend. The 5’10/190 lbs. native of McKinney, Texas had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in the two games and was a +2. On Friday, Hallford assisted on both IceRays goals in a 6-2 loss. He and his team rebounded on Saturday as Hallford scored one of his team’s two goals in a 2-1 overtime win. For the season, the veteran forward has 21 points in 42 games played. “We as an organization and especially myself as Garrett's coach are extremely proud of him to be recognized as player of the week. Garrett is the epitome of an IceRay, as he is a veteran junior player that shows up everyday with a smile on his face and an extremely high work ethic. Good things happen to good people and Garrett hard work and determination gave him the opportunity to be acknowledged,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Ryan Burnett, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Coffey, D, Corpus Christi IceRays - Jake Transit, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 22, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nic Sicoly - Aberdeen Wings

Nic Sicoly

Thanks to a three-point weekend, the Aberdeen Wings maintained the top spot in the Central Division. Leading the way was forward Nic Sicoly, 20, who put together a five point weekend and made an impact in both games.  On Friday, the 5’9/170 lbs. native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss. Since his arrival in Aberdeen, Sicoly has been a big difference-maker for the Wings, recording 27 points (8 goals, 19 assists) in just 22 games played. “Since Nic’s arrival in Aberdeen he has been the hardest working player, both in practice and in games. His energy level is something I have not seen in a long time and contagious to this group. Nic’s a born leader that has a bright future,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Josh Boyer, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Ryan Fanti, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros – Matej Murin, F, Bismarck Bobcats – John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Jack Olmstead - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Jack Olmstead

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights forward and University of Michigan commit Jack Olmstead helped his team to a series split over the weekend with the New Jersey Titans. On Friday, the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Troy, Michigan, had two goals in a 5-3 home win. On Saturday, he added another goal in a 6-3 road loss at New Jersey. His three goals over the weekend moved him into a tie for the team scoring lead this season with 33 points in 34 games played. “Jack got us going with a couple of goals in a big win on Friday. He kept us in it with another goal on Saturday. He’s established himself as a top scoring threat in this league. He gets the opposition’s top defenders attention each night and still produces points. Jack’s continued success hasn’t resulted in any let up in the hard work he puts in every day he comes to the rink. He continues to be a great player for us and we’re happy he wears a Knight jersey. We’re all looking forward to what he’ll do next week for the Knights,” said head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jimmy Glynn, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Michael Morrissey, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Kolby Vegara, D, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Erkka Vanska - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Erkka Vanska

With a three-game home sweep of the Coulee Region Chill, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs ran their current winning streak to 13 straight games. At the forefront of the sweep was 19-year-old forward Erkka Vanska. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Espoo, Finland, had seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in the three wins. On Thursday, Vanska had three assists in an 8-0 win. On Friday, he had two goals, including the overtime-winner in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up two more assists in a 4-2 win. Vanska’s seven points over the weekend vaulted him into the team scoring lead with 41 points in 38 games played. “Erkka is a player dedicated to getting better every day. He can carry the play at times, and did that for stretches this weekend,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Jakov Novak, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan DeStefani, F, Minnesota Magicians – Benji Eckerle, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Mitchell Gibson - Lone Star Brahmas

Mitchell Gibson

Thanks to the goaltending of Mitchell Gibson, the Lone Star Brahmas were able to get some valuable points in a weekend road sweep at Kenai River. The NHL prospect and Harvard commit allow just two goals all weekend to help the Brahmas to the two wins. On Friday, the 6’1/186 lbs. native of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, came into the game just seven minutes into the contest after Lone Star went down 2-0 early and allowed just one goal on 35 shots the rest of the way in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, the 18-year-old made 25 saves and allowed just one goal in a 4-1 win. For the weekend, Gibson stopped 59 of 61 shots. “Mitchell was the best player for us this weekend. Any time there was a break down, he was there for us and made some huge saves. We needed some points this weekend and he stepped up got them for us. He is getting better as the season goes along,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trey Bagwell, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jaxon Castor, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Steven Ipri, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Matt Novo, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jake Transit, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 15, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Alex Schilling - Austin Bruins

Alex Schilling

With three more wins this past week, the Austin Bruins kept pace amongst the leaders in the Central Division and pushed their winning streak to five straight games. Goaltender Alex Schilling, 20, picked up the win in two of the three games and did not allow a goal in the action that he saw. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Medina, Minnesota came into Wednesday’s game in Brookings after the Bruins went down 4-0. Schilling stopped all 18 shots he saw the rest of the way as the Bruins came from behind to win in overtime, 5-4. On Saturday, Schilling was back in goal in Brookings and made 33 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Blizzard. For the weekend, the Air Force recruit stopped all 51 shots that came his way in 96+ minutes of action. “Alex really came up big for us this week. We put him in about halfway through the game on Wednesday and we were very fortunate to get two points that night, but we definitely could not have done it without Alex stopping all 18 shots that he faced. He carried that over into Saturday and earned his second shutout of the season. The Air Force Academy is getting a really good goalie and an even better person next season,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Colton Fletcher, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jack Robbel, G, Minot Minotauros – Jaden Shields, D, Austin Bruins – Zach Van Zant, D, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Marko Sturma - Northeast Generals

Marko Sturma

The Northeast Generals went on the road this weekend and picked up two wins in three games in a series with the Johnstown Tomahawks. Goaltender Marko Sturma, 20, picked up both of the wins in the series as the native of Poprad, Slovakia, stopped 58 of 62 shots in the wins. On Friday, Sturma (6’1/176) made 23 saves in a 4-1 win and on Sunday, he made 35 saves in a 5-3 win. To date, Sturma has a 12-5-1 record with a 3.14 goals against average and a 91.2% save percentage. “Marko has been great for us since Day One.  He is having a great season and he came up huge for us during this very important weekend series, as he has done all season long,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Alex Frye, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bellant, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Radetic - Kenai River Brown Bears

Luke Radetic

Among the NAHL scoring leaders is Kenai River Brown Bears forward Luke Radetic. The 20-year-old native of Chesterfield, Missouri, was a force this past weekend as his team not only snapped their losing streak, but also picked up a weekend home sweep of the Coulee Region Chill. Radetic (5’11/180) scored four goals in the two wins and was also a +2. That included a goal in Friday’s 3-2 win and then on Saturday, Radetic added a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal in overtime as the Brown Bears picked up a 5-4 win in extra time. For the season, Radetic has 37 points and 20 goals, which both rank 4th among NAHL scoring leaders. “As an organization, we are very proud of Luke for his success over the weekend.  He and his line mates were a spark for us this weekend and helped lead to a critical sweep of Coulee Region.  Luke has continued to develop into a 200-foot player with great offensive instincts and hard work,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Tanner Polglaze, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jakov Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jeff Skinner, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Connor Szmul, F, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Cam Cook - Shreveport Mudbugs

Cam Cook

Thanks to two more wins this past weekend over the Topeka RoadRunners, the Shreveport Mudbugs added to their league-best record of 26-5-5. Forward Cam Cook, 20, took over the team scoring lead with a huge weekend as the native of Rochester, New York, scored three goals and was a +3 in the weekend sweep. Both goals for Cook turned out to be the game-winners. On Friday, Cook (5’11/190) scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win and then on Saturday, he added two more goals, including another game-winner in another 3-1 win. For the season, Cook leads the Mudbugs in scoring with 29 points in 31 games played. “Cam is great competitor that is working hard everyday to get better. He is great leader on and off the ice and represents what Mudbugs Hockey is about,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Josh Deluca, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Domin, F, Amarillo Bulls – Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 8, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Travis Kothenbeutel - Austin Bruins

Travis Kothenbeutel

Austin Bruins forward Travis Kothenbeutel, 20, not only helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros, but he also cemented his place in the Bruins history books. With his five-point effort in the two wins, Kothenbeutel (5’10/170) tied for the all-time Bruins scoring lead. The native of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, and Nebraska-Omaha commit, had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win on Friday and then had a goal and two assists effort in a 5-2 win on Saturday. For the season, the former NA3HL’er Kothenbeutel currently leads in the NAHL in scoring with 40 points in 31 games played. “Travis has been a spark plug for us all season. He is now tied for the most points in Austin Bruins history with Jay Dickman. We look forward to Travis continuing his leadership both on and off the ice in the second half,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle, F, Minot Minotauros – Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins - Sam Fuss, F, Minot Minotauros – Cooper Haar, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Moniz - Philadelphia Rebels

Carson Moniz

Philadelphia Rebels defenseman Carson Moniz, 19, helped his club pick up five of a possible six points this past weekend as the Rebels moved back into 1st place in the East Division. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of London, Ontario, was a factor in each game, also posting a +1 during the weekend. On Thursday, Moniz had an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss. On Friday, he picked up another assist in a 50-1 win. On Saturday, he had one of his best games of the season as he scored twice, including the overtime-winner as the Rebels came away with a 4-3 win. For the season, Moniz has nine points in 23 games played. “Carson fought the injury bug in the first half of the season. He has played very well of late and we are expecting even more from him in the second half of the season,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Kade Phipps, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Ryan Patrick, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Matt Wieser, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Josh Benson - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Josh Benson

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs concluded their eight-game road trip with another weekend sweep, this time against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, which pushed the Ice Dogs winning streak to eight straight games. Goaltender Josh Benson, 20, started and won both games this past weekend, stopping 60 of a possible 64 shots on goal. On Friday, Benson (6’1/190) made 29 saves in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, the former NA3HL’er and native of Stillwater, Minnesota, made 31 saves in a 4-1 win. Benson currently leads the NAHL in wins with 14 and ranks 5th in goals against average with a 2.06 mark. “Josh was solid in net for us the entire weekend. We were not a very tight unit in front of him and he bailed us out quite a bit in several instances,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Bowman, F, Coulee Region Chill – Connor Chilton, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gil Garcia, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Aleksi Peltonen - Corpus Christi IceRays

Aleksi Peltonen

It was a productive week for the Corpus Christi IceRays and forward Aleksi Peltonen. The 19-year-old native of Helsinki, Finland, helped his team pick up three of a possible six points in three road games this past week. Peltonen (5’10/178) had seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in the three games and was a +2. On Tuesday, the University of Wisconsin recruit had a pair of assists in a 6-5 shootout loss in Corpus Christi. On Friday, Peltonen had the game-winning overtime goal and three assists in a 4-3 win at Lone Star. On Saturday, he had an assist on the IceRays’ lone goal in a 5-1 loss. For the season, Peltonen has 20 points in 27 games played. “We are very proud of as an organization for Aleksi to win this award. He played big minutes this past week and him along with his line mates had good success for due to their skill and work ethic. As the season has progressed, Aleksi’s game and confidence at the junior level has gotten better each and every week,” said IceRays head coach Bran Flynn.

2nd Star: Jon Russell, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Montambault, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Rylee St. Onge, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 2, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nathan Burke - Aberdeen Wings

Nathan Burke

It was a huge weekend for the Aberdeen Wings and forward Nathan Burke. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona, helped his team to a weekend home-and-home series sweep of the Brookings Blizzard. For the weekend, Burke, 19, had six points in the two wins, which included three goals and three assists, along with a +4 rating. He had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win in Brookings on Friday and on Saturday he had two goals and two assists in a 7-3 home win. Burke currently leads the Wings in scoring with 31 points in 30 games played and his 17 goals ranks 4th in the NAHL. “Nathan has had a very good first-year player campaign to date. He is a very determined player that focuses on making his teammates around him better each day. He is a very hard working player of character that plays the game determined and with a lot of work ethic,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Cooper Haar, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros - Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Michael Mahan, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Michael Talbot, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Curtis Carlson - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Curtis Carlson

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights took over the lead in the East Division for the time being. Forward Curtis Carlson, 20, had a good weekend as he recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins and was also a +4. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Lakewood, New York, had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win on Friday and on Saturday, he added another goal and another assist in a 5-1 win. In 29 games this season, Carlson had 22 points, which includes 10 goals and 12 assists. “Curtis is one of the most dynamic players on our roster. That comes from his tremendous work ethic on and off the ice and is why he wears the ‘C’ on his sweater. This past weekend, he was able to come up with some early assists to get us going and scored two big goals to put games to bed. It’s what we expect from him as a veteran and a leader. I’m very happy Curtis is being recognized for his strong play and continued contributions to our organization,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Adrian Danchenko, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jakov Novak - Janesville Jets

Jakov Novak

Janesville Jets forward and Bentley University recruit Jakov Novak, 19, had a big weekend for his club as the Jets picked up a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’3/201 lbs. native of Windsor, Ontario, extended his point streak to six straight games as he lit up the scoresheet this past weekend. On Thursday, Novak had two assists in a 6-3 win and on Friday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-0 win. For the season, Novak leads the Jets in scoring with 35 points in just 26 games played. His 35 points is currently tied for the NAHL scoring lead. “Jakov played very well this week and was rewarded by his efforts. He led by example of playing the right way and took control of the play when he was on the ice not only on the score sheet, but also in all areas of his game,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Evan Fear, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Kaplan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jeff Skinner, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Evan Somoza - Odessa Jackalopes

Evan Somoza

After a three-game weekend sweep of the Amarillo Bulls, the Odessa Jackalopes find themselves firmly in 2nd place in the South Division. One of the big contributors this weekend was forward Evan Somoza. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Simi Valley, California, had five points in the three-game sweep of the Bulls, which also including scoring a goal in each of the wins. On Friday, Somoza, had a goal in regulation and then the shootout-winning goal in a 3-2 shootout home win. On Saturday, Somoza had another goal in a 3-2 win in Amarillo and then on Sunday, he saved his best for last as he had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-2 win, which completed the sweep. The former NAPHL’er leads the Jackalopes in scoring this season with 31 points in 32 games and has recorded a point in eight of his last nine games. “Evan came back from the holiday break refreshed and ready to go. He used his speed well and when he had the opportunities he finished them,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Matt Brown, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dominick Procopio, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 18, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Isaac Kobienia - Minnesota Wilderness

Isaac Kobienia

Thanks to a three-game winning streak, which included a sweep of the Austin Bruins last weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness are now just a point out of the top spot in the Central. One of the keys behind the sweep was 19-year-old Wilderness forward Isaac Kobienia. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Willmar, Minnesota, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins, which included both of the game-winning goals and a +4 rating. On Friday, Kobienia had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 3-0 win in Austin. The next night, he scored another game-winner in a 4-2 home win. For the season, Kobienia has 19 points in 29 games played. “Isaac has been playing great two-way hockey and that has translated into some great overall play. He continues to impress the staff and his teammates with his energy, leadership, and team-first attitude. We look forward to a big second half out of him,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Ryan Fanti, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Patrick O’Connor, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Nolan Sawchuk, D, Minot Minotauros – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Ryan Keane - Philadelphia Rebels

Ryan Keane

Thanks to a pair of home wins over the Johnstown Tomahawks, the Philadelphia Rebels regained the top spot in the East Division. Goaltender Ryan Keane, 19, was in goal for both wins and allowed just two goals on 37 shots. On Friday, the 5’9/160 lbs. native of Coppell, Texas, made 21 saves in a 4-1 win. The next night, he stopped 14 of 15 shots in a 2-1 overtime win. For the season, Keane has a 12-4-0 record and ranks 4th in goals against average with a 1.72 mark and ranks in the Top 10 in save percentage with a 92.6% mark. “Ryan has played well all year. This weekend he made some big stops at key times,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Colin McCabe, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bellant, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Matt Wiesner, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jeff Skinner - Springfield Jr. Blues

Jeff Skinner

One of the hottest players in the NAHL at the moment is Springfield Jr. Blues forward Jeff Skinner. That was one display this past weekend as the 5’11/180 lbs. native of Katy, Texas had another big weekend to lead the Jr. Blues to a home sweep over the Topeka RoadRunners. Skinner, 19, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the sweep and was a +2. On Friday night, Skinner had an assist in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in a 5-3 win. Skinner is currently on a 10-game point streak and has recorded 15 points in that span. His 28 points in 27 games played leads the Jr. Blues in scoring. “Jeff has been playing great hockey for us the past few weeks. When he competes and at his best, he is one of the top players in our league,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Josh Benson, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Calvin Dybicz, D, Minnesota Magicians - Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Bradley Marek, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Artur Pavliukov, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: James Durham - Shreveport Mudbugs

James Durham

It was a busy week for Mudbugs goalie James Durham. The 18-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, played in four games as the Mudbugs went 3-1 during the week, opening up an 11-point lead atop of the South Division. On Wednesday, Durham (6’2/195) stopped all 19 shots that came his way for his 5th shutout of the season in a 3-0 home win over Corpus Christi. On Friday, Durham and the Mudbugs suffered their lone setback of the week as they were shutout by the Lone Star Brahmas, 3-0, with Durham making 29 saves in the loss. The next night, Durham and the Mudbugs returned home to post a 6-1 win over Amarillo as Durham made 23 saves. On Sunday, Durham made 27 saves in a 5-2 win over the Bulls. Statistically, Durham is the top goalie in the league as he leads the NAHL in both goals against average (1.56) and save percentage (94.0%). “James has been a very good player for us this season.  Over the past three weeks he has taken on a significant workload and has really risen to the occasion. James works hard on and off the ice and we are happy for him to earn this recognition,” said Mudbugs assistant coach Casey Kirley.

2nd Star: Mitchell Gibson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Lane, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – CJ Regula, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Stuart, D, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 11, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Alex Adams - Minot Minotauros

Alex Adams

This past weekend, the Minot Minotauros helped out their cause taking three of a possible four points in a home-and-home series against Bismarck. Forward Alex Adams, 19, continued his hot play as the native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the two games over the weekend. Adams (6’1/200) had three assists in a 6-2 home win on Friday night. On Saturday night in Bismarck, Adams had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss. Adams is currently riding a six-game point streak and has 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 19 regular season games played so far this season. “Alex had another strong weekend for our club. After coming off injury, he’s back to the level of being a premier power forward. As our captain, he’s led by example over the last few weeks and been a major contributor to our team’s success,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Altmann, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jonathan Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Patrick O’Connor, D, Bismarck Bobcats - Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Nolan Swachuk, D, Minot Minotauros – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Kade Phipps - Johnstown Tomahawks

Kade Phipps

Johnstown Tomahawks goalie Kade Phipps, 19, stopped 44 of 46 shots this past weekend as the Tomahawks posted a weekend home split against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Perrysburg, Ohio, began the weekend making 19 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Knights on Friday. On Saturday, he rebounded to stop all 25 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. Since joined the Tomahawks in early December, Phipps has been lights out, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.51 goals against average and 95.1% save percentage. “We had a tight and low scoring series this weekend with Wilkes-Barre and Kade was very solid in net for us keeping the game in a position for us to get wins on both nights. Friday he was very solid when we may not have been at our best and we dropped a tight 2-1 game. He and the team bounced back with a 2-0 shutout on Saturday night where he came up with some big stops, especially on our penalty kill. He is a very strong competitor but also very composed in the net and has been really good for our team over the last two weekends since arriving in Johnstown,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Donovan Ott, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Samuel Ruffin - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Samuel Ruffin

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs continued to widen their Midwest Division lead this weekend with a convincing road sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Recent Alaska-Fairbanks commit Samuel Ruffin, 19, was all over the ice for the Ice Dogs during the weekend as the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Westfield, Indiana, recorded seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Ruffin had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win, and then on Saturday, Ruffin had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-3 win. For the season, Ruffin is tied for the team lead in team scoring with 27 points in 27 games played. “Sam was all over the ice this weekend. He had good jump and made plays at high speeds,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Evan Fear, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kasey Fitzjerrells, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Sacha Guillemain, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Matt Hines, D, Coulee Region Chill – Jax Murray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Colin Price, F, Coulee Region Chill – Gabe Wahl, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Kieran Durgan - Shreveport Mudbugs

Kieran Durgan

In a weekend that featured several notable performances in the South Division, Shreveport Mudbugs forward Kieran Durgan’s performance over the weekend stood out as the Mudbugs widened their lead in the South Division with a weekend road sweep in Amarillo against the Bulls. The Air Force recruit and native of St. John’s, Michigan, scored four goals, including both game-winners over the weekend and was also a +3. On Friday, Durgan (6’1/190) scored the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 win. The next night, Durgan had a hat-trick, which also included the game-winning goal in a 5-0 shutout win. In 15 games played so far this season, Durgan has 17 points (13 goals, 4 assists). “We are very happy for Kieran to earn this award.  He has provided great leadership since returning to our team in late October.  Kieran is a responsible two-way player and it is nice that he is being rewarded for it offensively,” said Mudbugs assistant coach Casey Kirley.

2nd Star: Chad Veltri, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Burnett, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Evan Somoza, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Rylee St. Onge, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 4, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jaden Shields - Austin Bruins

Jaden Shields

One of the big reasons behind the continued success of the Austin Bruins this weekend was defenseman Jaden Shields. The 17-year-old native of Royal Oak, Michigan, was a force from the blueline scoring four goals in a weekend road sweep in Bismarck to move the Bruins into sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division. Shields (5’10/185) scored his first two goals of the season, including the game-winner in Friday’s 3-2 win. The on Saturday, he added two more goals, including another game-winner, in an 8-6 win. Shields leads all Austin defensemen with 15 points in 23 games played so far this season. “Jaden has been really playing great hockey for us. He plays big minutes for us and it was nice to see him get rewarded with his first goal, and that lead to him getting four goals this weekend. He stepped up big for us in both games and we look for him to do more of the same, the rest of the way,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ondrej Pavel, F, Minot Minotauros – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Michael Talbot, F, Minot Minotauros – Ondrej Trejhal, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Andy Nedeljkovic - Johnstown Tomahawks

Andy Nedeljkovic

Johnstown forward Andy Nedeljkovic, 18, helped his team to two wins in a three game series against the visiting New Jersey Titans. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Canton, Michigan, made his presence felt in each game as he recorded three goals and added two assists for five points. That included a goal in each game, including his three-point performance in a 5-1 win in the series finale on Sunday. In just 12 games with the Tomahawks this season, Nedeljkovic has 10 points. “We were fortunate to take 2 out of 3 games against a very good New Jersey team this weekend, and Andy was a huge factor to our success. It wasn’t just the offensive production, but also his play away from the puck, physicality and contributions on our penalty kill as well and winning timely face-offs. Andy has been a vital part to our team since arriving in Johnstown, and he has maturity and leadership beyond his age in my opinion. The combination of his hockey abilities, high-end character, and very strong academics make him an extremely attractive NCAA Division I prospect,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Gavin Gulash, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Frye, F, Philadelphia Rebels - Ben Schmidling, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brandon Stanley, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kip Hoffman - Janesville Jets

Kip Hoffman

Janesville Jets forward Kip Hoffman was all over this ice this weekend as the Jets picked up a weekend home sweep of the Brookings Blizzard. The 20-year-old native of Huntley, Illinois, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Hoffman (5’11/185) had two goals, including a highlight reel overtime-winner, and an assist in a 6-5 overtime win. On Saturday, Hoffman scored again in a 2-1 win over the Blizzard. Hoffman currently ranks in the Top 8 in NAHL scoring this season with 27 points in 25 games played. “Kip lead by example and made key plays when we needed them. He got the tying goal and then an unbelievable goal in OT on Friday and continued his strong play for us on Saturday with another big goal. His play has been outstanding for us this season,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

 

2nd Star: Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Jarrett Lee, F, Minnesota Magicians – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Magicians - Jeff Skinner, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Hunter Wendt, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Blake Bride - Odessa Jackalopes

Blake Bride

Now 3-0-1 in their last four games, the Odessa Jackalopes took three of a possible four points during their weekend series at Lone Star last week. Forward Blake Bride, 19, had a big weekend as the native of Broomfield, Colorado, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was +3 in the two games. On Friday, Bride (5’11/166) had two goals in a 5-1 win and on Saturday, he had another goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss. For the season, Bride has 16 points in 20 NAHL games. “Blake has been a great addition and gives us a lot of energy every shift. That was evident this past weekend in an important road series at Lone Star,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Bottrell, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Jason Brancheau, F, Amarillo Bulls - Matt Brown, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Ture Linden, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Alexei Mansanko, G, Amarillo Bulls – Sam Martel, D, Topeka RoadRunners – Dominick Procopio, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 27, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Fanti - Minnesota Wilderness

Ryan Fanti

It was a 3-0 week for the Minnesota Wilderness this past week and goaltender Ryan Fanti, 18, was in goal for all three wins. The native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and NAPHL alum gave up just four goals in the three wins, stopping 90 of a possible 94 shots in the process. That included 30 saves in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Magicians on Wednesday, 32 saves in a 3-0 shutout win in Janesville over the Jets on Friday, and 28 saves in a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday against the Jets. Fanti (6’2/190) has a 5-2-0 record this season with a 2.57 GAA and a 92.5% save percentage. “Ryan gave us a chance to win each night, and that’s all you can ask for out of your goaltender. He is a talented goaltender with a lot of confidence right now,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Grant Loven, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros – Josh Fricks, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Chase Pilawski, D, Austin Bruins – Adam Pitters, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Nick Boyagian - New Jersey Titans

Nick Boyagian

Sacred Heart recruit and New Jersey Titans forward Nick Boyagian, 20, led his team during a weekend split with the Northeast Generals this past weekend. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of East Greenbush, New York, racked up five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was a +4 in the two games. On Friday, Boyagian had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he recorded another goal and had an assist in a 5-4 loss. For the season, Boyagian is tied for the team scoring lead with 20 points in just 18 games played. “Nick has been a consistent threat for us since returning from injury.  As a veteran returning player with a year of experience, Nick knows what the expectations are both on and off the ice. He worked hard this off-season to get ready and we are thrilled he has seen the results of his hard work. We look forward to Nick continuing to lead our club throughout the rest of the playoffs and into the Robertson Cup playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Justin Jallen, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Demelis, F, Northeast Generals – Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans – Christian Stoever, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Orysiuk - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Luke Orysiuk

Fairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman Luke Orysiuk, 20, kept his recent hot play going this past weekend as he helped his club pick up a weekend road sweep in Kenai River against the Brown Bears. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Edmonton, Alberta, had four assists in the two wins and was also +2. He ran his point streak to four straight games. On Friday, Orysiuk chimed in with three assists in a 7-0 win and on Saturday, he had another assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, the veteran defenseman has nine points in 22 games played. “Luke has been a solid leader for our hockey club this year. He was rewarded on the score sheet for his efforts this weekend and we look for his continued development as he prepares for college hockey,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Connor Poczos, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cam McDonald, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Connor Scahill, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Ricky Carballo - Odessa Jackalopes

Ricky Carballo

In his first two games of the season with his new team, the Odessa Jackalopes, veteran forward Ricky Carballo, 20, made his impact felt right away as he helped the Jackalopes get back on track with a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. The native of Keller, Texas, got things started on the right foot on Friday night as he scored the overtime-winning goal and added two assists in a 5-4 OT win. On Saturday, Carballo (5’10/185) added his second straight game-winning goal of the weekend as he scored in the 3rd period to give the Jackalopes a 2-1 win. In 22 games played this season between Odessa and Aberdeen, Carballo has 15 points. “Ricky is hard on the puck and goes to the dirty areas to score goals. We are very excited to have him, as he fits in well in the South Division and the style of play,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Dominick Procopio, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Addamo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack Clement, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Peyton Frantii, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Ture Linden, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jon Russell, F, Amarillo Bulls – Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 20, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Alex Mella - Austin Bruins

Alex Mella

The Austin Bruins kept their hot play going this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. Bruins forward Alex Mella, 18, had his best weekend in a Bruins uniform as the native of Stamford, Connecticut, recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Mella (6’0/187) chimed in with a pair of assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 4-2 road win in Cloquet. On Saturday, he posted his first career NAHL hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in a 5-3 home win to complete the weekend sweep. In 13 games with the Bruins so far this season, the Northeastern commit has nine points. “Alex has been getting a lot of chances but the bounces haven’t been going his way. It’s good to see him get rewarded this past weekend. We expect him to keep up his hard work and continue to make good things happen,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Jonathan Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jimmy Elser, F, Brookings Blizzard – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Doug Larson, F, Brookings Blizzard – Kosta Likourezos, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros – Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Donovan Ott - Johnstown Tomahawks

Donovan Ott

Since his return to Johnstown, forward Donovan Ott, 20, had his best weekend of the 2017-18 season as he racked up five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and was a +3 as the Tomahawks split a weekend road series with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 6’1/204 lbs. native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, had a hat-trick in Friday’s 6-4 loss and picked up two assists in Saturday’s 4-1 win. Since joining the Tomahawks back in late November, Ott has eight points in nine games. “Donovan showed up in a big way to help us split a road weekend with Wilkes-Barre. He was making plays all weekend, while making his teammates around him better and being hard to defend. Additionally, he was very responsible in all three zones with his great hockey sense, smart 200-foot play, and helping to preserve our lead at the end of Saturday’s game. Since he has returned to Johnstown, he has really helped our offense as a whole and has provided veteran leadership for our group on and off the ice. We will definitely need to continue to count on his play and leadership as we progress and battle in our very tough, competitive division,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Justin Jallen, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mat Demelis, F, Northeast Generals – Aaron Maguyon, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Ryan Patrick, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Bowman - Coulee Region Chill

Nick Bowman

The Coulee Region Chill are unbeaten in regulation in their last eight games and that included a win and a shootout loss this past weekend in a road series against the Springfield Jr. Blues. Forward Nick Bowman, 19, was one of the main contributors as the native of Shelby Township, Michigan, had six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in the two games. On Friday, Bowman (6’0/195) had three assists in a 7-1 win on Friday night. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss. For the season, Bowman is tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points in 14 games played to date. “We are excited for Nick. He has been a spark for us since he arrived in Coulee and has been very consistent in his play,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Tanner Schachle, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Kaplan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jarrett Lee, F, Minnesota Magicians – Kyle Mayhew, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians – Tomas Vochozka, F, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Acciaioli - Corpus Christi IceRays

Matt Acciaioli

Thanks to taking three of four points during their weekend home series against the Lone Star Brahmas, the Corpus Christi IceRays are now 5-0-1 in their last six games. Defenseman Matt Acciaioli, 20, continues his hot play as he piled up six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in the two games. On Friday, the 5’9/163 lbs. native of Rochester Hills, Michigan had three assists in a 4-2 win over the Brahmas. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss. For the season, Acciaioli is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 21 games played. “We as an organization are extremely happy and proud of Matt to be the recipient of this weekly award. This is Matt’s third year in the league and he has improved every year into a bigger role. Matt is a great role model as a 20-year-old assistant captain for our younger as he is one of the last guys off the ice everyday and his hard work has paid off. This weekend was a big series for the team and I felt he did a great job leading by example, ”said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Kimball Johnson, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Larry Jungwirth, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Stuart, D, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 13, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Miroslav Mucha - Minot Minotauros

Miroslav Mucha

Minot Minotauros forward Miroslav Mucha, 20, had a big weekend for the Minotauros in their weekend split in Alaska against Kenai River. The 6’0/160 lbs. native of Bytca, Slovakia, scored three goals in the two games to lead the Minotauros offensively. On Friday, Mucha scored two goals in a 6-3 win, and on Saturday, he recorded Minot’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss. For the season, Mucha leads the Minotauros in scoring with 18 points in 17 games played. “Miroslav has had an exceptional season for us thus far. I thought he really came on at the end of last season and the confidence he gained has carried into this season. He works extremely hard in both practice and games and has established as a premier power forward in the Central Division. He’s become a consistent goal scorer every night and someone we lean on in all situations,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings - Rykr Cole, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Britt League - Johnstown Tomahawks

Britt League

Johnstown got back on track this weekend by taking three of four point in their home series against the 1st place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Goaltender Britt League, 18, started in both games and played very well. On Friday, the 6’0/165 lbs. native of Chesapeake, Virginia, made 35 saves through regulation and overtime, and then stopped 5 of 7 shooters in a 3-2 shootout loss. On Saturday, League posted his first shutout of the season, stopping all 28 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. For the weekend, he stopped 63 of 65 shots. “We were able to pick up 3 out of 4 points this weekend against a really good offensive Wilkes-Barre team, who had been playing very well. Britt was very strong in both games for us. Friday night he gave us a really strong chance to win, where we unfortunately fell short in a shootout, but he bounced back Saturday with a shutout in our 3-0 win. He has gained more and more confidence everyday and showed that this weekend. Every point we can pick up for us is big, and having two games from him like that was a big part of us being able to take 3 of 4 points,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Isaiah Saville - Minnesota Magicians

Isaiah Saville

University of Nebraska-Omaha commit Isaiah Saville, 17, was rock solid again this past weekend as he helped the Magicians keep pace in the Midwest Division. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Anchorage, Alaska, stopped 67 of a possible 70 shots in two games over the weekend. On Friday, Saville made 32 saves in a close 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wilderness. On Saturday, he was even better as he made 35 saves in a 4-1 win. Saville is having a torrid month of November and has allowed just eight goals in his last five starts. “Isaiah has been very solid for us this season. He is becoming very consistent in practice and that has translated well to his game over the last month,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Jakov Novak, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Bowman, F, Coulee Region Chill – Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Daniel Lebedeff, G, Janesville Jets – Kyle Mayhew, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – George McBey, G, Minnesota Magicians – Andy McGlynn, F, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Patrick Smyth, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Erkka Vanska, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Larry Jungwirth - Corpus Christi IceRays

Larry Jungwirth

For the second straight week, Corpus Christi IceRays forward Larry Jungwirth, 20, has been named the South Division Star of the Week. This past week, Jungwirth (5’11/170) recorded 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist) and was +2 in a weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners. On Friday, the native of Bloomington, Minnesota, had a hat-trick and an assist, which also included the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Jungwirth scored again in a 4-3 overtime win. He currently leads the IceRays in scoring with 17 points in 18 games played. “Larry had an extremely large weekend for us offensively in helping our team get big points in the standings. Although he is winning this award for his offensive contributions, I think those are rewards for the defensive details he has been working very hard at without the puck. Larry has evolved his game from being strictly an offensive player to a responsible player doing the little things well without the puck to get the puck back and have more time playing offense,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Mitchell Gibson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Gustav Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Martel, D, Topeka RoadRunners - Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Orgel, D, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 6, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nathan Burke - Aberdeen Wings

Nathan Burke

Aberdeen Wings forward Nathan Burke, 18, helped his club to a weekend road sweep of their series in Minot against the Minotauros. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona, was a big contributor as he recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and was +4 in the weekend sweep. On Friday, Burke had the game-winning goal in the 3rd period in a close 2-1 win, and on Saturday he had his best career game in a Wings uniform as he exploded for two goals and two assists in a 7-1 win. Burke currently leads the Wings in scoring this season with 16 points in 16 games. “Nathan has been an exceptional first-year player to date. He comes to work every day and plays with a very high hockey IQ. Nathan played at a very high level over the weekend, proving that hard work throughout the week can pay off,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Alex Schilling, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jaden Shields, D, Austin Bruins – Gabe Vinal, G, Aberdeen Wings – Garrett Worth, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Jack Olmstead - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Jack Olmstead

Thanks to a 7-0-2 run in their last nine games, which included a three-game weekend sweep of the 1st place Northeast Generals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are the NAHL’s hottest team. One of the many standouts this past weekend was 19-year-old forward Jack Olmstead. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Troy, Michigan, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +2 in the three wins. Olmstead recorded a goal in Friday’s 5-3 win. On Saturday, he netted the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, he picked up a pair of assists in a 4-1 win to complete the sweep. Olmstead’s 21 points currently leads the Knights in scoring. “Jack had a big weekend for us and we find ourselves saying that a lot this season. He comes up with big plays in crucial situations, which is a product of his talent and his work ethic. No moment is too big for Jack, and he’s been a big part of our success so far. The Knights are happy he’s being recognized for his success this past weekend,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Aaron Maguyon, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Diarmad Dimurro, D, Philadelphia Rebels - Mike Egan, F, Northeast Generals – Luke Perunovich, D, Northeast Generals – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Szmul - Coulee Region Chill

Connor Szmul

The Coulee Region Chill got back on track this past weekend with an important home sweep of the 1st place team from the Central Division, the Brookings Blizzard. 18-year-old rookie forward Connor Szmul (5’8/150) had the best weekend of his early NAHL career as the native of Castle Rock, Colorado recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Szmul had an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday, he had his first career NAHL hat-trick and scored three of the Chill’s four goals in a 4-2 win. For the season, Szmul has six points in 13 games played. “We are very excited for Connor. He shows up everyday with a great attitude and desire to get better. It is great to see him get rewarded for his hard work,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Benson, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chase Mickelson, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jeff Skinner, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Gabe Wahl, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Larry Jungwirth - Corpus Christi IceRays

Larry Jungwirth

The Corpus Christi IceRays picked up an important weekend road sweep in Topeka this past weekend, which got them out of last place as they concluded their one-month, 10-game road trip. Veteran forward Larry Jungwirth, 20, was a key contributor as the Bloomington, Minnesota native had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Saturday, Jungwirth (5’11/170) had a goal in a 4-1 win, and on Sunday, he had two goals and an assist in a 6-1 win. For the season, Jungwirth leads the IceRays in scoring with 12 points in 16 games played. “We are very happy that Larry worked himself into a position to win this award. As a veteran player in junior hockey, he has taken another step this season in terms of being more vocal and buying into our team structure and identity. Larry’s work ethic and attention to details were very good this weekend and he was rewarded with points to help our team win,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: C.J. Regula, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 30, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Benjamin Beck - Brookings Blizzard

Benjamin Beck

Thanks to three wins this past week, the Brookings Blizzard moved back into a tie for 1st place in the Central Division. In between the pipes for the majority of those three games was first year goaltender Benjamin Beck. The 18-year-old from Landsberg am Lech, Germany, faced a total of 85 shots in about 2 ½ games this past week and allowed just four goals in the three appearances, making 81 saves. Beck’s (6’9/210) week started with 30 saves in a 7-1 road win in Austin on Wednesday. His good play against the Bruins continued on Friday, as the Maine recruit made 32 saves in a 4-2 home win. On Saturday, Beck didn’t start, but came into the game about midway through, and then stopped 19 of 20 shots in a 4-2 win. “Ben was very good this past week and a very good confidence builder for him. I think as the season has gone along he has gotten better. He practiced well, is tracking the puck well, and that translated into some great performances in the games. He is making big saves at key times in the game,” said Blizzard head coach Moe Mantha.

2nd Star: Jack Robbel, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Anderson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Andriy Denyskin, F, Brookings Blizzard – Colton Fletcher, F, Aberdeen Wings – Andrew Kangas, F, Minot Minotauros – Kosta Likourezos, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Michael Mahan, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Colin Bilek - Northeast Generals

Colin Bilek

The Northeast Generals got back on track this weekend with a weekend home sweep of the New Jersey Titans. Forward and NAHL leading-scorer Colin Bilek, 20, had another productive weekend, accumulating four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +4 rating in the wins. On Friday, the 5’10/177 lbs. native of Brighton, Michigan, scored twice in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Bilek had a pair of assists in a 4-3 shootout win to complete the sweep. Bilek’s current total of 24 points leads the NAHL. “Colin has been amazing all year.  We hit our first losing streak of the season and he did what great players and captains do, and put us on his back, contributing in all three zones.  As usual, he was our emotional leader both on and off of the ice,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Engelkes, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Luke Perunovich, D, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jeff Skinner - Springfield Jr. Blues

Jeff Skinner

Springfield Jr. Blues forward Jeff Skinner, 19, led his team to a pair of important home wins this past weekend against the Topeka RoadRunners. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Katy, Texas, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Skinner had an assist in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 5-2 win. To date, Skinner has seven points in 12 games played. “Jeff really stepped up his game this weekend. We had a few key players out of the line-up and he stepped up and helped lead us to two wins. He has a ton of offensive ability and when he competes at a high level, he can be a top player in this league,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: John Keranen, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues - Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brandon Koch, D, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Jason Grande - Amarillo Bulls

Jason Grande

It was literally a perfect weekend for the Amarillo Bulls and Jason Grande. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, posted a shutout in both of Amarillo’s home wins over the Corpus Christi IceRays this past weekend. In total, Grande, 18, stopped all 66 shots that came his way in the two wins. On Friday, Grande stopped a season-high 39 shots in a 4-0 win and on Saturday, he stopped all 27 shots that came his way in a 1-0 win. Grande now has three shutouts on the season to go along with a 6-2-0 record and a 2.13 goals against average and a 93.4% save percentage. “Jason has been excellent for us and the big reason for our early season success. He is patient and poised in the net and that gives our team a strong sense of confidence. I am very confident that he is going to be an impact player at the NCAA Division I level and beyond,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Kyle Hallbauer, D, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Simon Morberg, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jake Rosenbaum, D, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 23, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Ullan - Bismarck Bobcats

Ryan Ullan

It was a perfect three-win week for the 1st place Bismarck Bobcats, who extended their winning streak to six straight games. In goal for two of the three wins was 17-year-old rookie netminder Ryan Ullan. The 6’2/189 lbs. native of Hibbing, Minnesota, won both of his starts and in the process stopped 55 of a possible 57 shots in the process, giving up just a single goal in each of the wins. On Thursday, Ullan made 24 saves in a 4-1 road win in Minot and the next night, he made 31 saves in a 3-1 road win in Brookings. For the season, Ullan has a 5-3-0 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a 93.0% save percentage. “Ryan has been a huge part of our success this year. He is technically sound, tall and athletic, and is going to be an elite goaltender in this league. Those are the reasons I believe he has a chance to get drafted in the National Hockey League,” said Bismark head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Adam Pitters, F, Aberdeen Wings – Benito Posa, F, Austin Bruins – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Mads Sogaard, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Brandon Perrone - New Jersey Titans

Brandon Perrone

The New Jersey Titans made a climb up the East Division standings this past week thanks to three wins in three games, which included two wins over the Northeast Generals and another over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Titans goalie Brandon Perrone, 18, started and won two of the games, as he faced a total of 85 shots and made 81 saves in the two wins. On Friday, the native of Smithtown, New York, made 42 saves in a 5-2 home win over the Generals. On Sunday, Perrone (5’10/160) made 39 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The former NA3HL netminder has a 4-2-1 record this season with a 2.25 goals against average and a 93.3% save percentage. “Brandon has been part of an extremely solid goaltending duo for us all year. Brandon is a relentless worker and wants to be the best at his position.  This past weekend was just a small sample of what him and Matthew Ladd have provided for us all year.  Brandon played extremely well in both games and we rode his back on Sunday afternoon for the win,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Jack Olmstead, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Alden, F, New Jersey Titans – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Matt Wiesner, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jakov Novak - Janesville Jets

Jakov Novak

Veteran Janesville Jets forward and Bentley University recruit Jakov Novak, 19, celebrated his birthday weekend in style as he helped his 1st place Jets pick up a weekend road sweep of the Coulee Region Chill. On Saturday, the native of Windsor, Ontario had on the Jets game-winning goal in the 3rd period and on Sunday, which was his 19th birthday, Novak (6’3/201) had a goal and three assists in a come-from-behind 6-4 win to complete the weekend sweep. For the season, Novak is 2nd in team scoring with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 11 games played. “It was a great way for Jakov to celebrate his birthday on Sunday with four points in our come-from-behind win. Jakov has been a leader on and off ice for us, and it showed this weekend in Coulee Region,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jacob Dirks, F, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Marshal Plunkett, D, Coulee Region Chill – Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians – Connor Scahill, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Carter Wade, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Camarre - Odessa Jackalopes

Alex Camarre

The Odessa Jackalopes got back on track with an important three-game weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners this past weekend. Jackalopes goalie Alex Camarre, 18, started and won two of the three games for his club, allowing just two goals on 77 shots in the two wins. On Thursday, the 5’8/155 lbs. native of North Tonawanda, New York, posted his first shutout of the season, stopping all 36 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made a season-high 39 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Camarre has a 4-1-0 record with a 1.64 goals against average and a 94.7% save percentage. “Alex managed both games really well and he is a guy that battles extremely hard. He has a great work ethic that our guys follow and respect,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Ture Linden, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Peyton Frantii, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Chad Hillebrand, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Andrew Lane, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dylan Rauh, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan VanSweden, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 16, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Gabe Vinal - Aberdeen Wings

Gabe Vinal

Behind newly acquired goaltender Gabe Vinal, 18, the Aberdeen Wings picked up an important home sweep this past weekend over the visiting Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Syracuse, New York, won his first two starts of the season, facing 73 shots and making 69 saves in the process, which was good for a 94.5% save percentage. On Friday, Vinal made his Wings debut by making 28 saves in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he made 41 saves in a 5-2 win to complete the weekend sweep. “Gabe came in with a very workman-like attitude and his week of preparation translated into the weekend. He made some timely saves when we needed them against a very good team in Minot,” said Aberdeen head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Matej Murin, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Fletcher, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Trevor Micucci, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Mads Sogaard, G, Austin Bruins – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Louis Boudon - Northeast Generals

Louis Boudon

In three road games this past weekend, Northeast Generals forward Louis Boudon, 19, scored a whopping six goals and took over the NAHL scoring lead. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France, and former NA3HL player (Metro Jets), recorded at least a goal in all three games as the Generals took two of three games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. That included three goals in Sunday’s 6-5 overtime win. Boudon leads the NAHL with 19 points. “Louis has been great from Day 1. He works real hard and is a dynamic player.  We challenged him to put up some goals this past week and he answered,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell. Generals GM Bryan Erikson added, “Coming in as our NA3HL tender from the Metro Jets we knew he had great development, and that has shown all season. He made big plays in big moments this weekend.”

2nd Star: Ryan Keane, G, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals – Curtis Carlson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Brandon Stanley, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: George McBey - Minnesota Magicians

George McBey

Getting both Magicians wins this past weekend in their three-game home set with the Springfield Jr. Blues was 19-year-old netminder George McBey. The 6’0/160 lbs. native from Dallas, Texas, faced a total of 61 shots in the two wins and made 59 saves, which was good for a 96.7% save percentage. McBey came into the game on Thursday after Springfield had built a 3-0 lead. He stopped 28 of 29 shots leading the Magicians comeback to a 5-4 win in overtime. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, the former NAPHL’er has a 2-1 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a 94.3% save percentage. “George has been solid for us all year. He gave us a chance to win in some very close games this past weekend,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Blueger, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Andy McGlynn, F, Coulee Region Chill – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Magicians – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Justin Addamo - Lone Star Brahmas

Justin Addamo

Veteran Lone Star Brahmas forward Justin Addamo, 19, was captain clutch this past weekend as the Brahmas got back on track with a weekend road sweep in Odessa against the Jackalopes. The 6’6/225 lbs. native of Clermont-Ferrand, France, scored three goals and was a +2 in the two wins, which included scoring the game-winning goal each night. On Friday, Addamo scored the game-winner in a 4-1 win and on Saturday, he scored two goals, including another game-winner in a 3-1 win. In 12 games this season, Addamo has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists). “I thought Justin really stepped up and scored some nice goals for us this weekend. He has really been working hard to find the back of the net and create some offense for us, so it was nice to see that rewarded in the two wins,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Brenden Michaelian, D, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mitchell Gibson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 9, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Grant Loven - Minot Minotauros

Grant Loven

Minot Mintauros forward Grant Loven, 19, helped his team to a weekend home split against the visiting Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, totaled three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and was a +2 in two games. On Friday, Loven scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 4-2 win and on Saturday he picked up another assist in a 4-3 loss. Loven is tied for the team lead in scoring with six points to date. “I've been nothing but impressed with Grant since he joined us prior to the NAHL Showcase. His work ethic and compete level are extraordinary, and for his teammates to vote him in as one of our captains, speaks volumes about his character. He plays a complete 200-foot game and is a guy we lean on in all situations,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Andriy Denyskin, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kosta Likourezos, F, Minnnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Anthony Quatieri - Northeast Generals

Anthony Quatieri

It was three more wins this past weekend for the Northeast Generals as they completed a three-game home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks. Forward Anthony Quatieri, 19, had a huge weekend with six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the three wins. On Friday, the native of Saugus, Massachusetts, had two assists in the 5-2 win. On Saturday, Quatieri (5’10/174) had two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win and on Sunday, he added another goal in a 4-1 win. In 12 games played to date, Quatieri has 13 points. “Anthony came to us undrafted as a main camp invite and has impressed us every day since.  His speed and compete level are elite and have allowed him to have a great start to the season and a huge weekend in our sweep of Johnstown,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Diarmad Dimurro, D, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bellant, F, Philadelphia Rebels – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Mike Gelatt, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matt Denman - Minnesota Magicians

Matt Denman

Minnesota Magicians defenseman Matt Denman, 19, helped his squad to a weekend home sweep of the Coulee Region Chill on Friday and Saturday. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Prior Lake, Minnesota, had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Deman had the game-tying goal and an assist, along with the shootout-winning goal in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, Denman had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. Denman is tied for the team points lead with five points in six games played. “Matt had a great weekend and has provided offensive spark and great leadership early in the season,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Koch, D, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke Posner, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Tanner Schachle, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Marcus Walter, D, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Chad Veltri - Corpus Christi IceRays

Chad Veltri

Corpus Christi IceRays goalie Chad Veltri, 19, had a huge weekend to help his team pick up a important weekend road sweep in Amarillo against the Bulls. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, faced 88 shots in the two wins and made a total of 84 saves, which was good for a 95.4% save percentage. On Saturday, Veltri made 35 saves in a 5-3 win and on Sunday, he made 49 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. The wins were the first two for Veltri this season. “We are very happy for Chad winning this award especially in our division as a rookie. He is a quiet player off the ice, but on the ice he is an intense competitor. Chad played very well and gave us a chance to win each game last weekend by making the saves that he should of and a few he shouldn't of had to make,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Connor Murphy, G, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan VanSweden, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Trevor Wilhelm, D, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 2, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Gino Lucia - Minnesota Wilderness

Gino Lucia

In their lone game of the weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness picked up their first win of the season with a 4-2 win in Austin against the Bruins on Saturday night. Wilderness forward Gino Lucia, 19, had two goals in the win, including the game-winner, and was also a +1. The 5’11/180 lbs. forward from St. Cloud, Minnesota has five points, including four goals, in his team’s first five games of the season. “Gino played exceptional hockey on the defensive side of the puck, which translated into opportunities on the offensive side of the puck. We look for him to continue his production on both ends of the ice,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trevor Micucci, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Carter Wooley - Philadelphia Rebels

Carter Wooley

The Philadelphia Rebels remained the lone unbeaten team in the NAHL with a weekend sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks as the Rebels opened up play in their new home at the Class of 1923 Arena. Forward Carter Wooley, 20, played a big role in the sweep with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) during the weekend. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, had an assist in Saturday’s 3-1 win and on Sunday he had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. The points were Wooley’s first of the season. “Carter has been a great player for two years and it’s nice for him to finally be getting some recognition for his hard work,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Justin Jallen, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bogan, D, Northeast Generals – Justin Smith, D, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Blake Ripley - Janesville Jets

Blake Ripley

Janesville Jets forward Blake Ripley, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians to remain in 1st place in the Midwest Division with a 6-1 record. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Waunakee, Wisconsin, had a goal in regulation and then the shootout winner in Friday’s come-from-behind 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday, Ripley scored another goal in a 4-2 win. The goals were Ripley’s first of the season. “Blake really stepped it up and played very well this weekend. He played in key situations when I needed him to and he responded in a very positive way this past weekend.  From scoring on the power play to blocking shots on the penalty kill,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Luke Posner, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Blueger, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jordan Muzzillo, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jakov Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Erkka Vanska, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Brett Epp - Odessa Jackalopes

Brett Epp

The Odessa Jackalopes moved into 2nd place in the South Division thanks to a weekend road sweep in Corpus Christi. Goaltender Brett Epp, 19, started and won both games for the Jacks in the series. The 6’1/182 lbs. native of Edmonton, Alberta, began the weekend with 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime win on Friday and followed that up with a 30-save performance in a 5-3 win on Saturday. For the weekend, Epp stopped 65 of a possible 69 shots and improved his season record to 3-2-0 overall. “Winning in a tough place like Corpus Christi this past weekend was great for the team and Brett had great weekend for us. He has given our team a lot of confidence so far this season,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Jon Russell, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Nigel Nelson, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Austin O’Rourke, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Cole Quisenberry, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Evan Rochowiak, F, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 25, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Colby Enns - Minot Minotauros

Colby Enns

Minot defenseman Colby Enns, 18, had a tremendous start to the 2017-18 regular season, leading the Minotauros to a 2-1-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The native of Minot, North Dakota, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +2 in four games at the NAHL Showcase.  Enns (6’1/175) scored both of Minot’s game-winning goals during the event, which included a 4-3 overtime win over Coulee Region and a 5-4 win over the Topeka RoadRunners. “Colby had an exceptional week. I think having him play games with us last season helped him know what to expect at the Showcase. He made some big plays and scored some timely goals for us this week. With that, he garnered a lot of interest from NCAA Division I scouts. With his ability to skate, the sky is the limit for him,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Luke Millen, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Daniel Pavlicko, G, Aberdeen Wings – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Mike Egan - Northeast Generals

Mike Egan

One of the three teams that went 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase was the Northeast Generals, who were paced by forward Mike Egan, who is currently 2nd in scoring in the NAHL. The 20-year-old native of Billerica, Massachusetts, was great in the Generals four wins as he totaled six points, which including 3 goals and 3 assists along with a +5 rating. Egan (5’11/175) had the game-winning goal in a 5-4 win over Kenai River and had a three-point game on the final day, which was a 3-2 overtime win over the Amarillo Bulls. “Mike worked so hard last year and this off-season to improve.  It was great to see him rewarded on the NAHL’s biggest stage. He is a great leader who put up points in pressure situations and he had a hand in all four wins this past week at the NAHL Showcase,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jurja Ovecka - Springfield Jr. Blues

Jurja Ovecka

Springfield Jr. Blues goalie Jurja Ovecka, 18, was in net for all three of the Jr. Blues wins during the NAHL Showcase as they posted a 3-1 record at the event. The rookie netminder from Skalica, Slovakia, went a perfect 3-0-0, picking up wins over Aberdeen, Bismarck and Austin at the event. Ovecka (6’6/197) faced a total of 109 shots in the three games and made 104 saves, which was good for a 95.4% save percentage and a 1.65 goals against average. That included 40 saves in his NAHL debut, which was a 2-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings. “Juraj was a big reason we had a good record at the NAHL Showcase. He is big and plays very calm in the net and showed he has next level ability,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Duma, F, Coulee Region Chill - Gil Garcia, F, Kenai River – Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brenden MacLaren, F, Janesville Jets – Bradley Marek, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Artur Pavliukov, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Gustavs Grigals - Shreveport Mudbugs

Gustavs Grigals

Another one of the three teams to go undefeated at the NAHL Showcase was the Shreveport Mudbugs. Goaltender Gustavs Grigals was in net for three of those four wins, posting a perfect 3-0 record. The 19-year-old native of Riga, Latvia, stopped 56 of a possible 60 shots in the three wins, which was good for a 93.3% save percentage. That included wins over Minot, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Brookings. Grigals (6’0/185) currently leads in the NAHL in wins with four. “We brag about Gustavs all the time, especially about how he competes in practice every day. No doubt, the Star of the Week is a direct correlation to the effort he puts forth in practice and then in a game,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Zac Herrmann, D, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Jordan Fader, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Matt Novo, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Collin Price, F, Amarillo Bulls – Angus Scott, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 18, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Tyrone Bronte - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Tyrone Bronte

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights opened their season with a weekend sweep of the New Jersey Titans. Rookie forward and NAPHL alumni Tyrone Bronte, 18, showed why he was one of the top players in the NAPHL last season as he racked up four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and was +3 in the two wins. The native of Melbourne, Australia, had an assist on Friday night and a goal and an assist on Saturday night. “Tyrone was a player that stood out to our staff each time we evaluated him. He's a really talented forward that has speed and hands, but most importantly he's a really smart hockey player. Tyrone is already playing big minutes and made big plays on the game winning goals in both our victories over the weekend. We're excited that he's off to a fast start for us. He brings a lot to our lineup, and the faster he gets acclimated to this level of play the better we'll be. He truly deserves this recognition after a great start to the season,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patrick Harrington, D, Northeast Generals - Jack Olmstead, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matt Hanewall - Janesville Jets

Matt Hanewall

In the Janesville Jets season opener in Springfield on Saturday, forward Matt Hanewall, 19, had a huge game as the native of Lombard, Illinois recorded two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win. Hanewall (6’0/175), who played in the NAHL last season for both the Wichita Falls Wildcats and Brookings Blizzard, recorded both his goals in the 2nd period and assisted on Janesville’s first and fifth goal during the win. “Matt is a very smart player.  He compliments his linemates very well and we got a lot of production from that line on Saturday. Hemis not afraid to go into the tough areas of the ice and uses his speed very effectively,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Shane Haviland, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mike Corson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues - Kip Hoffman, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Mitchell Gibson - Lone Star Brahmas

Mitchell Gibson

New Lone Star Brahmas goalie Mitchell Gibson was literally perfect this past weekend as the Brahmas picked up three of four points on the road in their opening series in Shreveport against the Mudbugs. The 18-year-old native of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, made his NAHL debut on Friday with a 18-save shutout in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, the Harvard commit stopped all 28 shots in regulation and in overtime to force a scoreless shootout where the Mudbugs ultimately picked up the extra point. In 125 minutes of NAHL action, Gibson (6’3/186) still has yet to allow a goal. “I thought Mitchell was our best player on the ice for both games. He played with a lot of confidence and made some really nice saves. Consistency is a big thing in our league. It's definitely a great start to his NAHL career,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Alex Peterson, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 
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